DRACUT -- The town has postponed its fireworks show that was scheduled for Wednesday evening until Aug. 28, the Board of Selectmen announced.
"Due to anticipated unfavorable weather conditions" based on the latest forecasting data available, the Dracut Fire Department, Town Manager Jim Duggan and selectmen collectively decided it to phone Atlas Fireworks and reschedule the show held annually at the schools complex on Lakeview Avenue, according to Shannon Rowe-Beaulieu, the board's secretary.
"Based on the latest weather forecasts, the decision was made that it was best to reschedule it as an 'End-of-the-Summer' show," Rowe-Beaulieu reported. "We definitely wanted to have the biggest crowd we could get, and figured by then people are back from vacations and preparing to go back to school so we're going to do it Aug. 28."
The decision to make postponement was posted on the town's website on Wednesday.
Treasurer Ann Vandal noted town officials were required to make a decision on a postponement well in advance of the scheduled show in order to avoid having to pay for the cost of the display regardless if it was held.
Dracut's fireworks display this year has been paid for through $7,000 in private donations, with Lowell Five bank the event's chief sponsor.
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